Monday, January 9, 2017

First IAST Challenge for 2017!

Let's see if I can do a better job with my blog this year!  It HAS to be a good year.

Today I will share the first "It's A String Thing" Zentangle challenge tile for 2017.  You can find the details for the challenge HERE on Adele Bruno's blog.

I seriously need to Tangle more this year, it brings me a lot of "quietness" in my very busy mind so it's important that I make time for it.  I also need to restart giving classes, I really miss sharing the benefits of this art from.

I've been very busy with another "art form" this December!!!  We had my Mom over for 4 weeks and I always try to find mildly challenging projects for her to do, at 76  years of age I think it's important to keep her mind busy with tasks other than the day to day things she does around the house.

So this time around I got her crocheting doilies!  But I am keeping this for my next blog post where I will share what we both made.

Wishing you all a fantabulous 2017, may you be blessed beyond your wildest imagination!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Boy Birthday Card

Another quick share of a card I made for a young boy's birthday.

I enjoyed stamping all those individual candles.

Thinking of all my USA friends and family who eagerly (or not) anticipate the Election results!!!

Have a blessed day!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Stacked Birthday Gifts on a Card

Let me share another Birthday card I made a while ago before this blog gives up on me totally!

Using as many bright colours as I possibly could seeing as this card would go to a child.

This blog is a sad situation, I know, and I am sorry.  I used to look so forward to creating something to share with virtual "friends".  It seems like such a long time ago.  I think I was really hooked when I lived in the USA, it also helped that I had my friend Lisa 3 houses down and we both blogged and made handmade cards.

I am still blown away at how this move to this new town has impacted me.  And I take full responsibility for allowing the current situation to hit me so negatively.  Every day is a challenge to "snap out of it", and I will, I have the strength, I know I do, but , I'm just not succeeding right now.

So just bear with me as I work my way at my own pace through this new season in my life.  I am still very creative, mostly learning to draw, and perhaps I will get up the nerve to share my attempts.  Card making happens only now and then.  I know the solution, I know what to do to get that fire going again, I need "my people", but, this town is different to other towns I have lived in, and I still need to figure it out, and perhaps they still need more time to figure me out!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Birthday Card

Life has been busy and we also went away for a week during this last school holiday, a much needed break!  Just before we left, a friend asked if I could make her 5 Girl birthday cards, and 5 Boy birthday cards.  I don't say no to an opportunity to make a card ( I haven't found a crafty group in my corner of the world yet, so I don't often make cards anymore, very sad).

Anyhow, here is one of the Girl cards I made, nothing fancy, but I enjoyed all those girly colours.

It's been a while since I stamped a Cupcake!

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's A String Thing #163

A quick post, almost a month later.  That's Life!

I joined in with Adele Bruno's latest challenge to tangle using Cruffle, Flukes and Andante.  Sadly not my best  work, it's been a challenge to get into that "calmer" place in order to enjoy the process of tangling, even sketching is proving to be a nightmare right now, and let's not talk about my card making which is almost non existent!

But like a friend kindly reminded me, life too has it's seasons!

Anyway, here is my tile using the three tangles.  Once again I found the string a challenge but I persevered and at least got to tangle.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.  It's the end of Term 3 here in the Western Province so my daughter is on holiday for two weeks.  We are waiting for her friend to arrive and then we are off to the beach as it appears that it's going to be a glorious day!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Simon Says: Anything Goes

The current Wednesday Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp blog is "Anything Goes", so here goes:

I used the Die Impression technique Jennifer McGuire explained on her blog HERE for my background using a set of Nestabilitie Oval dies.

The Dog stamp is from Tim Holtz's "Crazy Dogs" and the sentiments are from two different SSS sets, "All Boy" and "Big Birthday Wishes".

Have a blessed day!

It's A String Thing #160

I managed to make some time to participate in Adele's latest Zentangle Challenge.  You can find all the details on her blog HERE.  We were to use the tangles Fengle and Shattuck.  It's been a while since I actually played with these two.

I found the string that was offered as the starting point a bit of a challenge for these two tangles, but seeing as a string is only a suggestion, it wasn't long into my tangling when the pen did its own thing in true Zentangle style.  I used a little bit of Striping to embellish the one Fengle. So here is my first tile:

I wasn't entirely happy with this one and decided to tackle another tile, this time a Renaissance tile, here it is, it made me a little happier as I ignored the string altogether.  For this one I used the tangle A-Dalpha to decorate the inside of Fengle.

Have a lovely day.  Today we celebrate Spring Day here in South Africa, although I still think officially it's on the 21st.